PERSISTENCE: FOUR TINY HABITS
Our MKMMA course assignment this week was quite exciting. We were asked to choose one movie out of four suggested, and write about the four tiny habits that were exhibited by the hero.
The four movies suggested were; Cool Runnings, October Sky, Door to Door, and Rudy. Each movie in itself is an excellent choice for family time. Each affords educational real-life situations, allowing boundless topics for discussion. I’ve enjoyed three of the four movies, and each succinctly define the four tiny habits in a different backdrop scenario. I am anxiously awaiting the movie Door to Door. It has not yet arrived.
The Four Tiny Habits that define PERSISTENCE
- DMP: Definite Major Purpose
- PMA: Positive Mental Attitude
- POA: Plan of Action
- MMA: Master Mind Alliance
I will expound on ‘the Four Tiny Habits’ in the last movie we watched, Rudy. This is a 1993 film, Rudy is played by Sean Astin (Samwise Gangie-the Hobbit from Lord of the Rings). Utilizing further details off the intranet allow me to elaborate a bit more on Rudy’s background. Rudy was born in Jolliet, IL. In high school he was 5’6”, and all of 165 pounds. He was third of 14 children. His father worked three jobs to put food on the table.
Rudy’s family loved football. In particular the Notre Dame Fighting Irish Football team. It was something he, his brothers, and the neighbor boys would even play before heading off to school in the morning. Rudy’s dream (DMP) took root here at a young age. He shared with his family and friends that he was going to play football for the Notre Dame Fighting Irish football team. This brought on ridicule and laughs from all those around him. This includes sadly a priest he has as a Civics teacher in high school, who calls him out and belittles him in front of his classmates. His antagonists argued he was too small, and he didn’t have the smarts to attend such a prestigious college. His first Master Mind Alliance is with a childhood buddy who believes in him.
After high school he works in a power plant with his dad and brother. It’s expected, it’s the norm for someone ‘like’ him. Through a tragic accident his friend dies, the one person that believed in him. This is the catalyst for Rudy to take action on his dream. Here a plan of action begins to form. He does not have all the details, but he steps out in sheer determination and faith. He has been saving his money. He quits his job, and hops on a bus to Notre Dame. Traveling from Illinois to Indiana. He arrives when the campus is closed, but insists the guard at the gate get him access immediately, no waiting for this burning desire to be quelled. He is directed to the parish where he meets his second Master Mind Alliance, a good-natured priest. A plan materializes. Rudy must attend Holy Cross College, prove himself through exceptional grades, and then apply to Notre Dame. His dream is such a burning desire, he is determined to do all he can to succeed. It is here at Holy Cross that Rudy discovers he has a learning disability. He is dyslexic. This is addressed for the first time, and here again he rises above a challenge, keeping his eyes on the goal above his head with the help and encouragement of a new friend made, another Master Mind Alliance is forged.
Through out the movie, all though tough times are experienced, and struggles seem to prevail, Rudy does exceptionally well to keep a positive mental attitude. He will do whatever it takes! After four applications submitted to Notre Dame, he is finally accepted; this is the fall of 1974.
Coach Ara Parseghian encouraged ‘walk on players’ from the student body. This was Rudy’s opportunity. Rudy worked hard, and he made it on the scout team. This is a practice squad that helps the varsity team practice for the games. This is where the rubber meets the road for Rudy. He gives 100 percent, and through the intensity of these practices he gains the respect of the football team. I would say they become his largest Master Mind Alliance, in the closing scene his team carries him off the field. As I understand, this has only happened one other time in this sport. Rudy as a senior of Notre Dame was put in the game for the first time to play the last seconds of this last game of the season. He makes a significant tackle! Prior to the game beginning Rudy is heard saying as he lead the entire team through the tunnel onto the field, “I’ve been ready for this my whole life!”
Each of these films has been inspirational, enough to fan the flames of DESIRE. Filling spirit and soul with hope. Dreams do come true. What does it take? It takes 4 Tiny Habits, and that produces PERSISTENCE!